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  • Transit 

    Transit 

    ★★★★

    Like it’s characters, the film dwells in a kind of limbo — a liminal space of subtle abstraction where both the historical past and cinematic past intermingle with the present. As the title implies, this is a film about unavoidable, almost fatalistic intermediacy where the future is grim and there’s nothing to be done about it. We know this because we know that the Germans will occupy France, but Petzold’s brilliant conceptual device (for those unaware, he has this story…

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    Vivre Sa Vie

    ★★★★½

    A portrait of a woman and its necessary destruction for the sake of preserving the living subject. For Godard, life and art are inextricably linked and predominantly at odds.

    “The first time he thought, it killed him.”

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

    Strange that this was met with a mixed critical reception when it’s a straight-up masterpiece. Unquenched subconscious desire spills into reality, exposing the propensity for human frailty and eventually, sympathy.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★

    Sorry to Bother You puts the cart before the horse, taking aim at a whole lot and only hitting its mark once or twice. The journey’s fun and the jokes mostly land, but there isn’t much to be gleaned from a film that wants to be about the evils of capitalism, code-switching, protest culture, systemic racial oppression, cultural appropriation, new slavery, viral media, etc. First-timer Boots Riley introduces us this hodgepodge of ideas by telling the story of low-level telemarketer…